Basement Remodels & Building Inspectors

Old 02-17-03, 11:05 AM
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Basement Remodels & Building Inspectors

Just a word of advice to basement remodelers: Use your building inspector as a resource.

It seems from reading many of these threads, that people really want to avoid talking to their local building inspectors. Iím not sure why this is because I have found mine to be very helpful in clarifying all these code issues. Yes, it will cost a few dollars to acquire the permits, but take a look at what you get in return.

1. Peace of mind knowing that your basement is safe for its inhabitants (most likely your children).
2. Knowing your homeowners insurance will cover you in case of disaster, because you followed all the codes.
3. A free source of professional information when you have questions during the project.
4. Professional eyes affirming the accuracy and safety of your hard work. (We are do-it-yourselfers after all. At least one set of professional eyes reviewing my work helps me sleep comfortably at night)
5. Resale value is better if you can prove you acquired permits and had appropriate code inspections.
6. No surprise costs to fix a code violation when it comes time to sell your house.

In my location I had to pay $220 for building, electrical, and plumbing permits and $25 to the county for a land use permit. This is a small portion of the $8-10,000 Iím putting into the project. When Iím done I know its all been done right and reviewed three times by inspectors. Hey, I can even invite the inspector over to play a game of pool without worrying.
Old 02-17-03, 12:28 PM
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You bring up good points that have been mentioned many times before but the answer to your first question is simple.

It appears that many feel that any improvements to their home will increase the TAXES.

Isn't it strange that we all want to improve our homes to make it better for ourselves, increase the value of the home when we sell but don't want anyone knowing about the improvements we made without paying more taxes.

I have been in homes that just went up for sale when the Truth-In-Housing Inspectors have just gone through. They presented a list of major violations/repairs that needed to be corrected because the owner failed to get the permits required for all the improvements that were to have made the home sell faster and for more money.

To the owners dismay, they now are faced with additional repair and/or replacement costs, to resolve issues that make the home ready for sale. Nowdays, potential buyers, serious in making an offer are willing to pay for a private home inspector. Some municipalities require this home inspection prior to closing. Sooner or later, an investment made "under the table" will come before you "at the table"!

What you pointed out is very true, doing things right is the key to any improvement. If you are unsure if a permit is required, call the City. Obtaining permits when needed, calling the City for any questions regarding a project venture is the best thing you can do. It's a service that benefit you in the beginning and at the end. The City can be your allie and help in preventing losses from poor workmanship, bad contractors and ensuring the safety of you and yours.

Paying more in taxes is minor considering the payback that is gained in improvements that will be beneficial to your own financial portfolio.

Thanks for the input!

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